Makeup maven and hairdresser extraordinaire, Victoria Forshaw, was the woman behind the hair and makeup looks showcased in our November/December 16 fashion shoot at Aston Martin Newcastle.

Here, she lifts the lid on what inspired her on-set, digging inside her makeup bag to reveal the products she reached for, as well as revealing a few tips and tricks to help you recreate the looks at home…

bvbv“When I was designing this look I wanted to use warm hues of rust, smoke and conker – shades we all love in autumn – and make them relevant in my makeup look for the upcoming Christmas party season.”

hghghg“My aim was to create a look that celebrates everything we think of on the run up to Christmas – looks that gives us a warm ‘glow’. The metallic texture on the eye gives the look a ‘party feel’, but also evokes thoughts of open fires, candlelight, cinnamon and dried oranges. Berry-hued lips are one of the biggest, reoccurring trends for autumn/winter – anything from cranberry and plum to the blackest blackberry.”

“To achieve a makeup look like this, I recommend using fingers instead of brushes to really press the product on to the eyes and lips, giving way to a ‘lived-in’ feel. Blurred edges are low maintenance with a laid back and relaxed effect – and let’s face it, we are all pretty busy this time of year, so it’s a good technique to try out!”

“As for the hair, opting for a plait/half up combo gave a cool, unique and ‘anti-trend’ feel, which I really like for the party season. Locks looked a little undone, but still sexy, perfect for Christmas parties.”



MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural
Makeup Forever Star Powder 90922
MAC Copperling eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara in Black
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink
MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee


Kevin Aucoin The Expert Lip Colour in Bloodroses
Shade Savage from Graftobian HD Lip Color Super Palette





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See the full shoot here